CFHS code : HS55

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : In Loving Memory of SARAH ANN HUTCHERSON d Oct 14 1911 age 61 also ALFRED CHARLES HUTCHERSON husband of above d Dec 23 1938 age 86

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones (broken)

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202303, 0.1378957 – click here for location


The headstone in May 2018.

The headstone has fallen and the kerbstones are separated and some are broken. The monument lies in open ground in the centre of the parish.


Who fell asleep 14th  October 1911 age 61 years

Who died 23rd  December 1938 age 86 years

“United in Christ.”

Sarah Ann Hutcherson (née Brooks) (1848 – 14 October 1911)

Sarah was the daughter of John and Sarah (née Smith) and was baptised on 9 July 1848. Her father died when she was young and she grew up at 1 Jordan’s Yard with her mother and sister Susan. Sarah married Alfred Hutcherson in 1874 and the couple had at least ten children; Sidney Alfred (1875-1920), Kate Audley (1877-1967), Emily M (1879-), Edgar Charles (1880-1887), Beatrice Ellen (1883-1900), Hugh Douglas (1884-1976), Roy Duncan (1884-1905), Harry Brooks (1885-1951), Winifred Ida (1888-1970) and Charles James (1890-1940).

Alfred worked as a manager for Great Eastern Railway and the couple lived in Ely from at least 1881-1901 before moving to live at  Ellesmere,45 Tenison Road (at least 1902 onwards) and then 22 St. Barnabas Road (at least 1910 onwards). Sarah died at home aged 61 years old.

Alfred Charles Hutcherson (13 February 1852 – 23 December 1938)

Alfred was born in Ely and was the son of James and Sophia (née Green). His father worked for Great Eastern Railway as a station master and Alfred followed in his father’s profession.

He joined the G.E.R. in 1868 aged 14 years old as a junior clerk at Wisbech booking office.  He was made station master of Shelford station aged 21 years old and  rose through the ranks  to be Sack s=Superintendant at Elystation for 21 years, before being promoted to District Goods Manager at Cambridge in 1901. He appears to have been extremely well thought of by his employers and employees and his name appeared often in newspapers of the time.

In October 1894 he was presented with a gold mounted stock by the Midland Railway. The presentation was made in Glasgow and was said to be due to the high esteem he was held in by ‘various offiicals and also the public’.  Sarah Hutcherson was presented with a ‘gold mounted umbrella’ at the same time.  Another presentation was made to him by work collegues in January 1902 on his promotion to the role in Cambridge. He was given a cut glass biscuit barrel mounted on silver and engraved.   His fellow workers gave speeches and he was described as ‘a first-rate fellow, a man who had been what was important on the railway viz, a good man for his staff’. He was just as popular with staff in his new office in Cambridge.  In September 1906 his staff  had an outing to Great Yarmouth  – they left on the 10.13 train and were home just after midnight. Lunch was served en route, and supper on the way home. It was noted that ‘the success of the outing was largely due to their esteeemed Goods Manager ( Mr Hutcherson) and he could rest assured that the staff greatly appreciated his kindness’. Alfred contributed money ‘to assist in meeting the expenses of the junior members of the staff’.

He retired from the role of District Goods Manager in September 1915 after nearly 50 years service. The Cambridge Independent Press wrote a tribute to mark his retirement which began ‘it is safe to say that no retirement amongst the chief officials of the G.E.R. Company in recent years has caused more general regret as will that of Mr. Alfred Charles Hutcherson…well known and respected all over the system by those whom business and pleasure brought him into contact’.  The newspaper made special mention of Sarah Hutcherson and wrote ‘no resume of his career would be complete without a reference to this lady, who shared her husband’s interest in all that related to the welfare of his staff and was ever ready to second him in this direction…the best wishes of all our readers will follow the General District Goods Manager into his retirement together with the hope that he may be spared for many years to enjoy his well earned rest’.

Outside of his work Alfred was president of the Cambridge branch of the St. John Ambulance, of the Cambridge G.E.R. swimming club, of the Cambridge G.E.R. Cricket Club and the Cambridge Miniture Rifle range.  After he was widowed Alfred  lived at the Warwick Hotel, 35 Hills Road where he rented one bedroom with a sitting room from owner Miss Baker. He died at the hotel aged 86 years old and was buried on 28 December.

From Parish burial records it is known that Sarah and Alfred’s son Roy was also buried in the Holy Sepulchre section of the Cemetery and it is thought he was buried in the same grave.

Roy Duncan Hutcherson (13 May 1884 – 30 January 1905)

Roy was a twin and was born in Ely. He grew up at the family home on Chapel Street and was then ‘engaged in the cycle trade in Ely’. He died at Tenison Avenue  aged 20 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 2 February.



Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Alfred Charles Hutcherson; Roy Duncan Hutcherson; Sarah Ann Hutcherson